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Pittsburgh Song Collaborative

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative (PSC) is an ever-expanding consortium of outstanding professional singers and pianists who are dedicated to developing a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. By partnering with artists in other media, we create innovative and engaging concert events that explore every corner of the incredibly diverse art song repertoire.

PSC's mission is to develop a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the Pittsburgh region and beyond by presenting a wide variety of interactive, interdisciplinary recitals at the highest artistic level that make the audience's experience of the repertoire as engaging and accessible as possible.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Looking to the East:
Orientalism in Song

gerome muezzin

Saturday, September 20, 2014
7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation

PNC Recital Hall
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty:

Sari Gruber, soprano

Benjamin Binder, piano

Guest Artist:

Joe Dan Harper, tenor


In our increasingly globalized world, it seems like East and West have never been more interested in each other. Just think about how the rise of China and the political turmoil in the Arab world have inspired us in the West to learn more about those Eastern cultures. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, fascination with the East was just as strong, but without the guidance of television or the internet, much was left up to the imagination. European song composers and poets filled that void with sumptuous melodic evocations of those faraway lands and peoples. In their songs, the East became an exotic and colorful realm where one could taste of forbidden pleasures, even as danger lurked around every corner. Our concert will transport you once again to the East of myth and dream:

• Enjoy Franz Schubert's exquisite settings of poems inspired by the ancient Persian poets Rumi and Hafis
• Delight in the wry and picturesque Chinese Poems by the world-traveling composer Albert Roussel, a contemporary of the musical Impressionists
• Luxuriate in the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's sensual and scandalous Songs of an Infatuated Muezzin
• Be whisked away to a world of romance and intrigue on the sands of the Sahara in a group of French songs by the likes of Georges Bizet, Gabriel Fauré, and Camille Saint-Saëns

Meet the performers in a reception following the concert. We hope to see you there!


The Mary Pappert School of Music is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. For directions, parking information and a map of the campus, click here.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Folk Song Fantasy

psc

Saturday, January 24, 2015
7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation

PNC Recital Hall
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty

Benjamin Binder, piano

Guest Artists:

Liza Forrester, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Teadt, baritone


"Song composition is today sailing along so false a course that one cannot sufficiently remind oneself of the ideal: and that for me is the folksong." So said Johannes Brahms in 1860, and he wasn't alone. Ever since the genre of art song began, poets and composers have returned over and over again to the rich tradition of folk song for inspiration. Folk song holds out the promise of a pure and untainted connection to the origins of song itself. Folk song is supposed to be true, authentic, and real - it's supposed to express the essence of a people. And yet in reality, art song poets and composers did something much more than simply copy or imitate what they believed to be the folk song tradition of their people. Instead, they transformed that material into songs that conjure up a powerful and enchanting fantasy of folk life.

In this concert you will hear:

• George Butterworth's settings of poems from A.E. Housman's touching poetic collection A Shropshire Lad, depicting the joys and sorrows of English country life just before the outbreak of World War I
• Manuel de Falla's Seven Popular Songs, passionate and inventive arrangements of Spanish folk tunes that evoke the world of flamenco music and dance
• Tennessee Williams' Blue Mountain Ballads, blues-inspired lyrics from the Deep South set to music by the American expat Paul Bowles
• Four Songs of the Auvergne, ancient tunes from the Occitania region of southern France in sumptuous musical arrangements by the Impressionist Joseph Canteloube
• Five magnificent settings of German folk songs and poems by Johannes Brahms

Meet the performers in a reception following the concert. We hope to see you there!


The Mary Pappert School of Music is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. For directions, parking information and a map of the campus, click here.